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Serial DWI offender arrested for allegedly violating probation

December 19, 2018

Serial DWI offender James Preston Green was arrested Tuesday by Bexar County sheriff’s deputies — four days after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest in connection with an alleged violation of his probation.

Green, the subject of a San Antonio Express-News investigation published last weekend, was being held without bond in the Bexar County Jail.

In October, Green, 37, pleaded no contest to driving while intoxicated, his fourth such conviction. State District Judge Ron Rangel sentenced him to six years’ probation in a plea bargain recommended by the Bexar County District Attorney’s office. As part of the deal, two felony family violence charges against Green were dismissed.

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The probationary sentence continued a years-long streak in which Green has managed to avoid prison despite recurring DWIs and other crimes. Police and court records show he has repeatedly violated conditions of probation, lied to law enforcement, and berated and threatened the officers who chased and arrested him.

On Friday, Rangel signed a motion to revoke Green’s latest probation after Green admitted to a community supervision officer that he’d consumed alcohol on Dec. 6.

The following day, two devices that analyze Green’s breath indicated he had been drinking, according to court records. One was an ignition interlock device that prevented Green from driving his car after it detected alcohol in his system.

Green is now awaiting a hearing before Rangel, who could sentence him to prison.

The hearing is expected to be held in early or mid-January.

Bexar County deputies arrested Green on Tuesday at the North Side home of his parents, where he has lived for years.

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Deputies had heard that Green “didn’t want to go to jail,” so they approached the home with caution, according to an arrest report.

Windows at the home were covered on the inside with black plastic, the report said. When a deputy knocked on the door and loudly announced his presence, no one answered. Another deputy saw Green inside the house closing window blinds, the report said.

Deputies were preparing to call SWAT officers when a deputy constable contacted Green by phone. Green eventually walked out of the house bare-chested, still on the phone with the deputy constable, and was arrested.

Green’s father, Jimmy Green, told deputies his son initially did not come outside because he was “waiting for his attorney to call back because he has never gone through anything like this,” the report said.

Jimmy Green is a prominent businessman and philanthropist who owns J. Green Jewelers in Stone Oak.

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He has attended a weekly men’s Bible study led by Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood. He was at one of those early-morning sessions on the day Rangel granted his son probation in October. He posted a photo of the Bible study on Facebook with a jubilant caption: “Nico La Hood’s mens bible study the best I ever attend!!! Men come join us!!!”

In a November interview, the father said his relationship with LaHood played no role in how his son’s case was handled.

The DWI count on which Rangel sentenced the younger Green in October stemmed from a crash on Wurzbach Parkway in January. Green was traveling at high speed when he rear-ended another car, causing minor injuries to three people inside, according to a police report.

Green fled the scene, and officers found him under a bridge, where witnesses had apparently pursued him. He was drunk and belligerent, and officers had to use pepper-spray to subdue him, the report said.

At the time, Green was on probation for an earlier felony DWI in Guadalupe County.

bchasnoff@express-news.net

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